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How Weather Can Lead to a Sore Jaw

Posted on 9/15/2019 by Dr. Simon K Choyee
How Weather Can Lead to a Sore JawThere are some people who claim they can tell when a storm is coming because they feel a pain in their knee or back. Some may think that this is nothing more than an old wives' tale, yet others swear by it. IT makes some wonder why when the weather changes, they get a sore jaw. They start to wonder if there is a connection between the weather and a sore jaw like they have heard others talk about.

Weather and Tooth Problems

Many people suffer from tooth sensitivity that hot and cold impacts. If they breathe in hot or cold air over a tooth that is not healthy, they may experience pain. That pain can radiate down to the jaw. The pain from the weather is a symptom of a bigger problem that needs treatment. Left untreated, the problems can spread to other parts of the mouth including the jaw.

Cold Weather and TMJ

TMJ disorders are one of the most common reasons that a person experiences jaw pain. The pain is the result of the joints that connect the jaw to the skull not working properly. The stress on these joints can lead to many different symptoms including jaw pain. While it is possible to treat TMJ, most people work to manage the pain.

When the weather is cold, it can become more difficult to open and close the mouth. Because of that the joints of the jaw are under more stress. The more stress on the joints, the more likely there is pain from the TMJ. Cold weather also causes people to clench or grind their teeth more. This creates more stress on the joints and leads to jaw pain.

It is important to understand that the jaw pain you feel from weather is a sign of some other issue with your jaw. That is why it is important to diagnose the problem so you can learn to manage the pain when the weather changes. Let us diagnose any issues you may have by calling for an appointment today.
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